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Potential Implications of Changes in ChalleNGe Admission Criteria: A Literature Review

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Center for Naval Analyses Arlington United States

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In this report, we consider two potential changes to the admission criteria of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program ChalleNGe-limiting the ages for admission and introducing a standardized test for admission-both with the aim of maximizing cadets growth at ChalleNGe. Restricting the eligible ages could optimize the potential for noncognitive growth a minimum admission score could maximize cognitive improvement. We synthesize the literature in these areas and ultimately determine that neither change is recommendable. There are age-related variables that affect noncognitive development, making it less likely to occur at younger ages and thus more likely to be significantly improved at ChalleNGe. However, we do not recommend excluding older, at-risk youth from the program based solely on the desire to achieve maximum noncognitive growth. In addition, a standardized test score is insufficiently accurate as a representation of true ability to be used as an admission criterion

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